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Pinterest becomes more social
Yesterday, Pinterest announced a new collaborative feature–conversations/messaging around shared pins.
Combined with the Send a Pin feature added last spring, users can now share and comment on visual discoveries with multiple friends, colleagues and students without having to leave the site or app they are currently exploring.
To engage in a Pinterest converation, after choosing to Send a Pin, select a contact or contacts from the list that pops up. Once a Pin is sent, the conversation box appears below.
Every day, people send more than two million Pins. Sending a Pin is a great way to let someone know you found something they’d love. We wanted to make it easier for you to have a good old fashioned conversation about those Pins. So now, when someone shoots you a Pin, you’ll be able to reply with a message or send a Pin back!
More good news: you can also send Pins and messages to multiple people. Say you’re organizing a camping trip with friends—try sending Pins to the whole gang so you can figure out where to go and what meals to make. If you need a reminder of who’s bringing what, just pull up the conversation right from your notifications.
Why is this important?
If Pinterest is open to students at school, we might use it to encourage them to
- share favorite reads with comments
- collaborate on projects
- share ideas for presentations
- plan school/club/community events, dances, etc.
- build resources for published projects, scrapbooks, yearbooks, etc.
- share discoveries in safari-type activities
Teams of teachers and librarians can leverage Pinned conversations to
- brainstorm/negotiate ideas for design/redesign, decorating facilities
- create and schedule share display cases and bulletin boards
- plan field trips, school events
- share ideas for new student projects/units
- plan shared responsibility for classroom/library supplies
- easily archive and annotate resources for annual reports, yearbooks, etc.
About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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